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Some Things That Give Me Pleasure

Friday, August 17, 2012

I tried to lay down with Bill and Roxy to take a nap but just tossed and turned.Mind was all over the place.
Then for some reason I started thinking about some special art work that hangs in my house. There is not a lot that truly gives me great pleasure.Probably because I never feel real good. I try to find some enjoyment in what I can.
But I am going to share these pics and why they are special and always make me smile when I see them.
First is an embroidery picture that I got at an auction many years ago. They had an auction near by and we went several times and it was always fun. They only auctioned some things as they had way too much to do everything. While I was walking around the big side room I saw the corner of this sticking out. I asked if it could be auctioned and they were happy to. That is same way Bill got this desk I am sitting at.
I can't explain why I like this picture so much. I have experienced country living and it was he-- on earth. But I smile each time I look at this

This we got at a craft fair also many years ago. I rarely buy any art as I have so much of my own that is not framed. It is the most expensive one I ever bought. I got a small one too but this is my favorite. I have no idea why I like it so much.I can't even remember the artists name.Only that he is from Miami. Maybe it is the bright colors.

This is mine. It is not a great picture by any means.It is the first of only 4 pastels I have ever done. I think it makes me smile because I didn't think I could do it but I did. I like it and don't care if anyone else does.

This one is also mine. It started out as a pen and ink and decided to use some watercolor pencils.I had no idea what I was doing. I was about to throw it away but took it to my dear friend and art teacher Emma. She showed me how to wet the paper and rescued the picture. Again it is nothing special but it makes me smile because I started to throw it away and it is one of Bill's favorites.

This is another of my favorites. I was taking art classes and once a year they had a show. They had to vote on whether I could put it in as it had more than one pic.They decided that they would consider it as one. I did not win anything. But there was a write up in paper about the show and this was mentioned as being very interesting and that it was by Tarpon Springs artist Eleni Tsicouris. First and only time I was called that in print. How can I not smile when I look at it.

Another day I will share some others that are around somewhere.


  
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KATIE233 8/18/2012 2:05PM

    like all of the pictures specially the country picture.it reminded me of when we were small.the next one is bright colours like it there is a lot of things in it makes you keep looking for something different.you are very good at drawing i wish i could do it.you know the other one i really like is your giraffe it makes me smile at it when i see it. and i love the picture of the old barn. i like the egg poster it,s cute and the dog and cat curled up together.well take care i just cut the front grass and later do the back talk later. emoticon

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REXTINE1 8/18/2012 1:30PM

    That "not feeling good" is a favorite complaint of mine. I remember when I was about 45 when I lost 101 pounds and got down to 202. I felt like I could jump and get my toes three feet off the ground. I felt great. Now I'm 185 pounds, and the best I ever feel is just OK. I don't know what it takes to feel "great" without drugs or something. Every once in a while I just don't feel even good. I had to take three breaks yesterday to cut the grass because my legs wouldn't work any more.

PS - I hope you feel better today.

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SHIRLEYX 8/18/2012 12:58PM

    Thanks for sharing.
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MIZCATHI 8/18/2012 6:32AM

    Art is so subjective and all that matters is that it speaks and touches you. Thanks for sharing yet another piece of you - the entire blog made me smile! I am just getting started again and one day I will share what I have with you! You have some good skills there, and maybe you could get yourself a small sketch book and doodle with color while watching TV?

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DEE107 8/18/2012 12:27AM

    love your pictures thanks for sharing

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PATRICIAANN46 8/17/2012 9:45PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Personally, I think that you like the first picture because of the straw hat. It isn't exactly like the one you are wearing on your SparkPage, but close. I like the second one because of the way the bear on the right is peaking out of the frame.

When I look at your own artwork, it tells me to tell YOU that you are far from "useless" as you have said to me several times. If I were as artistic as you, I would continue to pursue it. You could do something special for each of your children or grandchildren or friends or Bill or Roxy or..........just for you. You have TALENT!!! If you tire easily, rest. Just do what you feel like doing each day. My gardens are my talent.........I can't do them as well as I did before my knee surgery, but it does give me great pleasure to be out there doing what I can do. My back hurts like crazy after, but it is worth it to me to look out at them and see the beauty and know that it is because I care for them.

Just a thought.........

Have a great weekend......
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JOANNS4 8/17/2012 8:43PM

    I can see why you like them. So do I. Your pictures are so good. Hugs!

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NOW2DAY 8/17/2012 7:51PM

    Now I want to get on a swing. emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 8/17/2012 7:41PM

    Eleni, I didn't realize you did such beautiful art work! Is that something you still do? I loved all you did and also your other wall hangings, I guess I like the same things as you!
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JILL313 8/17/2012 6:49PM

    I really enjoyed all the artwork you posted and in a lot of ways I'm like you as treasure things even art from the past that makes me happy. . .It looks like your a pretty good artist yourself. Maybe it's time to start paining again as you look to be talented, I only wish I was. Have a good weekend.

Love,

Jill

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0309COOKIE 8/17/2012 6:30PM

    Loved all of the things that make you smile. You are very talented. I can't even draw a stick figure straight, lol.

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DICHTAS2 8/17/2012 6:28PM

  This blog sticks to my heart.. Joanne

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TILLIEBEE 8/17/2012 6:23PM

    Love love love! You are so talented! I also adore the embroidery! Very special!

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OURELEE1 8/17/2012 5:22PM

  I like all of them. You are very good. I can see why they give you pleasure. Hope you have a good weekend?

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LKWQUILTER 8/17/2012 4:34PM

    Eleni, personally I think you did a very good job with your artwork. I can see why you smile when you look at them too. I smiled too. ((HUGS))

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Thursday

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bill saw a hummer today and was so excited. He was too funny. It stayed long enough for me to get a quick shot. It is a very small one.

I also found out that the lizards in garden will eat small butterflies.. These were the least gross ones


I also found proof Angel is still seeing the A-hole. Found picture of them together and shared it on my facebook so she knows. I hope she doesn't jump on Brianna which she does a lot. I found it by accident. I saw the event of a party for Angel and looked to see who would be there.Saw his name and went to his page.I can't see his page but can see his pictures. Brianna is afraid it will cause us to get in a fight but it won't. If she wants to be stupid let her. I am tired of her bad choices.
Well Enough of that.
My sweet Brianna came and cleaned for us. She is such a sweet girl.
Well we have a nexflix movie to watch.

  
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SHIRLEYX 8/17/2012 7:26AM

    I love hummers. It's hard when our kids make bad choices, but the choices are theirs.

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DEE107 8/17/2012 12:13AM

    hugs and thanks for sharing and hope you are feeling better

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MIZCATHI 8/16/2012 10:16PM

    I hate it when women we love go for men who are bad for them even when they know it. I guess it's hormones, or some other mysterious need to punish ourselves, I don't know.

Hummers are always a thrill for me to see. I've planted flowers just to attract them. Too bad it's just too hot to sit outside and enjoy them, and now that the heat has been relentless, even the 30 minutes I spend watering them every morning isn't enough to keep them lush. The good thing is that September will be here soon, and with that cooler temperatures - even though for us that's in the 80's!

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TSISQUAUSDI 8/16/2012 9:18PM

    Again, lovely pix - Well fed lizards, too. As for Angel, you're right. She'll figure it out eventually. I'll send you my George Takei "Douchebag" ringtone, and you can share it with her.... emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 8/16/2012 9:03PM

    Oh those poor butterflies! I know it's nature but I don't like to think of it.
Loved the wee hummer, you get great pictures Eleni!
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PATRICIAANN46 8/16/2012 8:54PM

  Hi Eleni..........
As I was doing supper dishes tonight, I was looking out at the Cleome, and there were 3 hummers flitting in and out. I was surprised, as I usually only see them one at a time. If your sister wants hummers, give her some of your Cleome seeds. They do seem to love them.
I am sorry about Angel, but what can you do? She is a grown woman and is obviously so in love with him, that she can't think straight. It would be great if maybe he realized his mistake and has changed............we can only hope.
I took a break today and Ken and I drove to a beautiful lake about 4o miles North of us. We even went to a gift shop that I have gone to for the past 24 years. There were signs all over that she is retiring and the shop will close in September. I was just sick as I always find great gifts there (she has excellent taste) and will now have to find a new place. It stormed here last night and we now have much cooler temperatures. It actually feels like Fall and I LOVE it.
Enjoy your movie..........what are you watching?
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DICHTAS2 8/16/2012 6:23PM

  Lizards also eat roaches,ants and other bugs we don't want in our house. We protect our lizards..
Angel is a big girl. She will make her own mistakes and as parents there is not much we can do about grown kids.
Sister, I wish someone would tell me how to attract hummingbirds.. , Joanne


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JOANNS4 8/16/2012 6:16PM

    I have one that keeps repeating the same mistakes. She is mad at her sister for telling me something regarding her health. It's hard sometimes. I pray for her.

I didn't know lizards ate butterflies. Enjoy your movie.


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MPARKER67 8/16/2012 5:42PM

    Hummer is cool.

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LKWQUILTER 8/16/2012 4:37PM

    I didn't know that lizards ate butterflies. Maybe that is why we don't have hardly any butterflies around anymore. My daddy used to say he was glad that he didn't have to live with my sister-in-law and that my brother did. I have learned that we don't get to chose are children's mates cause I sure wouldn't have choose either one. lol Enjoy your movie. ((HUGS))

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KATIEGARCIA2 8/16/2012 4:35PM

  Love the quote and the pics! :)

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Wednesday

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I finally got the BD pics. My grand daughter did ok but she missed some people and didn't get goods ones of some people. But as usual Bill looks great.
Here are a few.Well more than a few. All on facebook





















  
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REXTINE1 8/16/2012 3:59PM

    Great family photos - and Bill does look good. You look pretty happy in the car.

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KATIE233 8/16/2012 2:43PM

    great pictures love the picture of you and others in the car. of course Bill takes great picture. nice seeing hummerbird again, i wish i could see the one around here more.have a great day hugs.

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MIZCATHI 8/16/2012 12:03PM

    Love seeing everyone, I bet you did, too!

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SUNSHINEGB 8/16/2012 7:28AM

    The family photos are GREAT Eleni!
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ANNARUTH2 8/16/2012 6:51AM

    Good pictures! Nice family!

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SHIRLEYX 8/16/2012 6:44AM

    Great photos! You are blessed to have such a large family.
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DEE107 8/16/2012 12:06AM

    wow great pictures of your family

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0309COOKIE 8/15/2012 10:19PM

    Great pictures. The kids are all so cute. You and Bill look good. Thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/15/2012 9:42PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Great pictures!!!!! They are all cute, but you know who I think is the cutest........
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I can hardly move tonight!!!!!! I finished working in the largest garden this afternoon and I am exhausted. It's a good thing that rain is in the forecast for tomorrow........I won't be able to go back outside!!!

Have a good evening.....
Patti

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TILLIEBEE 8/15/2012 9:15PM

    Too cute!!!! Love the car photos!!!!! You all look great!!!!!
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TSISQUAUSDI 8/15/2012 8:34PM

    You have such a beautiful family!

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LKWQUILTER 8/15/2012 7:45PM

    Good pictures. You are right--Bill looks good! Have a great evening. ((HUGS))

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Good Day So Far

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I got up very early for me today and thought day would be bad. It usually is when I get up that early. But it has been ok
The best of all was having a hummingbird outside my window. He was moving all around so much I couldn't get a picture.He went from my window to next to butterfly garden to Hummer garden to butterfly garden and then zoomed away.That was my 3rd sighting this year. Last year only one. There could be more coming and I am not seeing them as I get up late in the morning. But it was so cool to see that one today.
I am cooking a birthday supper for Angel today. After I got the stuff I find out she doesn't care for chicken.Well too bad.She is eating chicken. She can fill up on potatoes.
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KATIE233 8/15/2012 1:05PM

    that is great you had a great day. oh that cake looked very interesting yummmy.your pictures are very nice and it makes a great day when see a hummingbird,have a super day. emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 8/15/2012 10:50AM

    It's great that you are feeling well enough to cook Angel's birthday dinner. Have a wonderful time and don't wear yourself out.

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DEE107 8/14/2012 11:15PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL love your pics

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SPIRIT42013 8/14/2012 10:39PM

    Happy Birthday to Angel, Chicken and All! (Well, someone else could eat her chicken by promy, right?! emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/14/2012 9:26PM

  Hi Eleni..........
If you are having a good day.........it IS a good day!!!
Angel is LUCKY to have such a wonderful mother who will cook a Birthday Dinner for her. What a treat!!!!!

I have a great number of Cleome in my front and back yards and the Hummers are CRAZY about them. I was working in the garden with the most Cleome this afternoon and a Hummer came in (I must have been standing pretty still at the time) and he was so loud that it startled me. For such a small bird their HUM is huge!!!

I hope that tomorrow is another GOOD DAY for you.
Good Night for now.........
Patti

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LKWQUILTER 8/14/2012 8:58PM

    Good news indeed Eleni. I agree with you--if I am cooking, you can like it or not. lol

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OURELEE1 8/14/2012 7:54PM

  The best news I heard today.

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REXTINE1 8/14/2012 5:33PM

    I'm glad you're having a good day - and hope it stays good all day today and tomorrow.

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    I like anything when someone else is cooking emoticon

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Another short blog

Monday, August 13, 2012

Not much going on and I need to work on making up my medicine bags. It has been a better day.
Bill went bowling tonight so I get to fix what I wanted for supper. So I made a seafood soup like thing. Potatoes,clams and shrimp with some chicken broth and onions . MMMM great.
When he isn't home for supper is when I make stuff just I like. This is his last Monday night bowling. I don't mind as he enjoys himself and is usually home by 9 at the latest.
Ok I need to get busy with medicine.
There is a lady on facebook that shares some great pics.


  
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SUNSHINEGB 8/14/2012 9:59AM

    We both love shrimp here and used to buy those shrimp rings, hubby would make a delicious dip and away we'd go, yummy! Because of the cholesterol in them, we don't eat them often but when we do, we enjoy!!
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MPARKER67 8/14/2012 9:53AM

    I miss being able to eat shrimp.

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DEE107 8/14/2012 12:27AM

    way to go

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TSISQUAUSDI 8/13/2012 9:46PM

    Love the Yosimite Sam cartoon! Hope you get a great night's sleep. Sweet dreams!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/13/2012 9:38PM

  Hi Eleni.........
Your seafood soup made my mouth water. I have NEVER met a shrimp I didn't love.

I am glad that today is a better day for you. I really had to push myself today as my back has really been screaming at me. I guess I did too much this weekend!!!

Loved your pictures........especially the first one.
Will say Goodnight for now.........I am pooped!!! emoticon

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JILL313 8/13/2012 9:19PM

    Your seafood soup sounds so delicious--I'm hungry for dinner so can I have a big bowl of it--and maybe a few crackers too--LOL! Being your 3 hours ahead of us here in California your sweetie is probably home sweet home. I'm glad today was a better day for you.

Hugs,

Jill

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LKWQUILTER 8/13/2012 8:58PM

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JANETTEB553 8/13/2012 8:26PM

    emoticon Why cant you have food you like all the time...especially as you are the one cooking it?? emoticon

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MARJORIEWRIGHT 8/13/2012 8:24PM

    Thanks those were great!!

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